Free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick reportedly has filed a grievance accusing NFL owners of colluding against him under the latest collective bargaining agreement.
Kaepernick, who started the trend of NFL players kneeling during the national anthem during the 2016 NFL season, argues that he's being blackballed because of his "principled and peaceful protest."
On "America's Newsroom," Katie Pavlich pointed out that the NFL is a private business, so it can hire or fire employees for any reason.
She argued that the reason Kaepernick doesn't have a job is because his on-field performance doesn't justify the sponsors and viewers the NFL is losing over the anthem protests.
"Colin Kaepernick can submit this grievance, as he has said, but the bottom line in the end is that he is actually just not that good at football," Pavlich said. "And if he was, they would put up with it and sponsors would stay. If you're going to throw a fit and cost the NFL a ton of money, you better make up for it on the field."
Mary Anne Marsh pointed out that the NFL has been willing to employ players who have committed all kinds of violent crimes, but they're upset by Kaepernick exercising his freedom of speech.
Pavlich said the NFL is simply making a business decision, based on Kaepernick's abilities and the values of their sponsors and viewers.
"If people think he's good enough at football, they'll sign him," Pavlich said. "But other than that, they have every right to decide if he's a business liability, and that's exactly what he is."
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